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[12/3/2018] Seibu Lions post Yusei Kikuchi

The Seibu Lions announced that they filed papers to post twenty-seven-year-old Yusei Kikuchi.

Source: Seibu 12/3/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/3/2018, Daily Sports 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018

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[11/22/2018] Seibu Lions reach agreement with Zach Neal

The Seibu Lions announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Zach Neal.

Source: Seibu 11/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Sanspo 11/22/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/22/2018

[UPDATE 11/22 @ 11:24pm]

According to Nikkan Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 71.5 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018

[UPDATE 11/24 @ 2:24am]

Sponichi is reporting the deal to be worth an estimated 650,000 US dollars.

Source: Sponichi 11/23/2018

[UPDATE 12/9 @ 5:40pm]

The Lions announced that they finalized an agreement with Neal. He was assigned the uniform number 54.

Source: Seibu 12/8/2018

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[11/22/2018] Seibu Lions uniform number changes

The Seibu Lions announced the following uniform number changes:

Source: Seibu 11/21/2018

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[11/17/2018] Seibu Lions add Wataru Takagi to seventy-man roster

The Seibu Lions announced that they added eighteen-year-old Wataru Takagi to their seventy-man roster. His new uniform number will be 73 (from 121). According to Nikkan Sports, Takagi’s salary next year will be an estimated five million yen (up two million yen from this season).

Source: Seibu 11/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2018

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[11/17/2018] Fabio Castillo has surgery to clean right elbow

The Seibu Lions announced that Fabio Castillo had surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Arizona on November 6. He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Seibu 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018

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[11/8/2018] Ernesto Mejia has wrist surgery

The Seibu Lions announced that Ernesto Mejia had surgery to clean out his left wrist at a hospital in the United States on November 6. He will most likely require about three moths for a full recovery.

Source: Seibu 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018

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[11/8/2018] Takeya Nakamura to exercise option and remain with Seibu

The Seibu Lions announced that Takeya Nakamura decided to exercise his international free agent option and stay with the organization. The Lions released the following statement from Nakamura:

I decided to exercise my international free agent option because I want to continue wearing the Lions uniform. I want to wear this uniform and, with the help from fans, hit as many home runs as possible, beginning next year. I also want to taste the happiness of winning the Nippon Series we failed to win this year with this team.

Source: Seibu 11/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/8/2018, Sports Hochi 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018

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[10/5/2018] Masatoshi Okada has surgery on right elbow

The Seibu Lions announced that Masatoshi Okada had surgery to remove fragments from his right elbow. He will need about two months for a full recovery. Okada started having problems with the elbow this season and wanted to make sure he was at 100 percent next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018

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Hideto Asamura 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/8/2018 4:01pm – The Lions received a list of protected players from the Rakuten Eagles. They have forty days from December 3 to make a decision about their compensation package from the Eagles. Sports Hochi 12/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018
11/21/2018 12:27am – Hideto Asamura planning to sign with the Rakuten Eagles
11/20/2018 3:40pm – The Hawks are keeping a tight lid on developments with Asamura. Daily Sports 11/20/2018 … Asamura’s agent met the Lions on November 19. He may have received a new offer of four years and 2.0 billion yen. However, it seems Asamura is planning to leave the Lions. The Eagles could be the front-runners. Sanspo 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018
11/19/2018 3:50pm – Asamura turned down the Buffaloes earlier today. His agent contacted them and told them that they were not in the running. The Buffaloes never even got the chance to negotiate with Asamura. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018, Sponichi 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018 … 6:31am – Daily Sports, Sanspo, Nikkan Sports are reporting offers at four years and around 2.0 billion yen. Sponichi’s latest report has their guess at four years and over 2.5 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/19/2018, Daily Sports 11/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018, Sponichi 11/19/2018
11/18/2018 10:47pm – The Eagles met Asamura in Tokyo today. Their meeting lasted about two hours. They may have offered a four year deal worth around 2 billion yen and the uniform number 3.  Sponichi 11/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2018, Chunichi Sports 11/18/2018, Sports Hochi 11/18/2018, Daily Sports 11/18/2018
11/17/2018 1:57pm – The Hawks met Asamura in Tokyo on November 16. They may have offered four years and over 2.5 billion yen. Sponichi 11/17/2018 … Or four years and around 2.8 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/17/2018
11/15/2018 12:02pm – Latest offer rumors: Seibu three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018), started at three years and 1.2 billion yen, moved up to three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Orix could go up to four years and offer the uniform number 7 (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018, Sponichi 11/15/2018), three years, 1.5 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018), four years, 1.6 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Sanspo 11/15/2018), four years, two billion yen, and the uniform numbers 1 and 7 (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank four years and over two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Rakuten four years and around two billion yen (Sponichi 11/15/2018).
11/8/2018 10:20am – Latest offer rumors: Rakuten four years around 2 billion yen and possibly the uniform number 3 (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Orix three years around 1.5 billion yen (Sponichi 11/8/2018), four years about 1.6 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018); Softbank fours years around 2.8 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 2.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years around 2 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:41am – Asamura held a press conference on November 7 to formally announce his decision to exercise his free agent option. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Eagles are planning to approach Asamura as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are also interested in meeting Asamura as soon as possible. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 11:50pm – The Rakuten Ealges could be high on Asamura’s list. Former teammates Naoto Watanabe, General Manager Kazuhisa Ishii, and Takayuki Kishi. He has also gotten close to Takahiro Norimoto. Tokyo Sports 11/6/2018 … Asamura is slated to hold a press conference on November 7. Daily Sports 11/6/2018 … Possible offers: Rakuten four years at 1.6 billion yen or more. Softbank at least three years at 1.5 billion yen. Orix could go up to four years, but three years at 1.5 billion yen. Seibu three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sports Hochi 11/6/2018 … 4:39am – The Lions posted a notice on November 5 that Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Seibu 11/5/2018 … 4:05am – Seibu officials met Asamura on November 5. Asamura told them he wanted to exercise his option to test the free agent waters. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018
11/5/2018 A Seibu official told reporters that Asamura contacted them about exercising his option. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018 … Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Sponichi 11/5/2018 … The Lions are planning to leave the window open even if Asamura uses his option. Daily Sports 11/5/2018Sports Hochi 11/5/2018 … The Rakuten Eagles might be willing to go four years and two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Orix Buffaloes might be willing to go up to four years. They could potentially use money they saved by losing Hiroyuki Nakajima and slashing Chihiro Kaneko’s salary. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Asamura is interested in testing the waters and will most likely exercise his option. The Lions first offer may have been three years at 1.2 billion yen, followed by three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Softbank Hawks are very interested in Asamura. Sanspo 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that they are doing what they can to keep Asamura in Tokorozawa. They may have offered him something similar to what they offer Takeya Nakamura in 2013 (four-years at up to two billion yen). Sanspo has their offer at three years and around 1.5 billion yen. Right now, he feels they have a 50-50 chance. Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018, Sanspo 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Sponichi 10/31/2018
10/06/2018 A number of teams, including Softbank and Orix, are keeping an eye on what Asamura does with his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018, Sports Hochi 10/6/2018
10/01/2018 The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
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Ginjiro Sumitani 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/8/2018 4:03pm – The Lions received a list of protected players from the Yomiru Giants. They have forty days from November 26 to make a decision about their compensation package from the Giants. Sports Hochi 12/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018
11/25/2018 4:45pm – Ginjiro Sumitani to sign with the Yomiuri Giants … According to Tokyo Sports, the Rakuten Eagles may have also made Sumitani an informal offer. Tokyo Sports 11/24/2018
11/24/2018 3:15am – Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on November 23 that Sumitani told the team he was planning to sign with another team. He will most likely join the Yomiuri Giants. Nikkan Sports 11/23/2018, Sponichi 11/23/2018, Daily Sports 11/23/2018, Sanspo 11/23/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/23/2018
11/17/2018 1:39pm – Sumitani met the Giants at a hotel in Tokyo on November 16. Their meeting last about an hour. The Giants may have offered a three-year deal worth about 600 million yen. They also reportedly passed on a message from Tatsunori Hara. After the meeting Sumitani told reporters he did not think it would take too long for him to make a decision. The Giants apparently feel pretty good about their chances. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/17/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/17/2018, Sports Hochi 11/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/17/2018
11/15/2018 12:10pm – Latest offer rumors: Yomiuri three years and about 600 million yen (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018).
11/9/2018 12:06pm – The Giants might be front runners to land Sumitani because the Eagles no longer seem to be as interested. Sanspo 11/9/2018
11/8/2018 3:15pm – Sumitani filed his option and held a press conference on November 8. He told reporters he struggled with his decision, but ultimately wanted a chance to field offers from other teams. Tokyo Sports 11/8/2018, Sports Hochi 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018 … 4:50am – The Lions announced that Sumitani will exercise his free agent option. Seibu 11/7/2018 … Sumitani’s decision is not necessarily about money, but playing time. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018 … Sumitani is planning to file on November 8. He is also slated to hold a press conference on the same day. The Lions met with him three times. They feel they made him their best offer. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 11:29pm – The Giants might be the current front runner. Tokyo Sports 11/6/2018 … 3:58am – Sumitani met team officials and November 5. The Lions already offered him a multi-year deal and again asked him to stay. He thanked the team for their offer and said he still wanted to test the free agent waters and planned to exercise his option. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Giants are still very much interested. They have options at catcher (Shinnosuke Abe also wants to do more catching again), but Sumitani could provide more stability. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018
11/5/2018 The Lions are planning to leave the window open even if Sumitani uses his option. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sports Hochi 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Sumitani is planning to speak to the Lions one more time before making a decision about his option. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that they are negotiating with Sumitani. Right now, he feels they have a 50-50 chance. Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018
10/20/2018 The Yomiuri Giants are interested. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018
10/01/2018 The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
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